What is the Difference Between Stock, Semi-Custom and Custom Cabinets

stock versus custom vs semi custom cabinets for your kitchen or bath

Most of our clients begin their kitchen remodel with cabinets. Almost an unlimited number of choices can meet any aesthetic and budget need. You may have already encountered industry jargon that describes cabinet options as stock, semi-custom, and custom but what does that mean to you?

Did you know that those terms refer to the different production methods employed to manufacture cabinets; the terminology has nothing to do with the quality of the cabinet.

Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets are ready-made, pre-manufactured and shipped when an order is received. They can’t be altered or customized. What you see is what you get.

  • Pros:   Price, and you don’t have to wait for long lead times to have your cabinets delivered.
  • Cons:  Typically you don’t have a broad selection of styles, shapes, colors, wood types or finishes.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

Semi-custom cabinets come in basic sizes similar to stock cabinets but give designers the flexibility to resize cabinet drawers and doors and modify the depth of the cabinets themselves.

  • Pros:  The best of both worlds. A gentle price tag accompanied by some ability to have your cabinets your way to meet space requirements and design preferences.
  • Cons:  May not provide all of the flexibility you need to meet room requirements or aesthetic preferences.

Custom Cabinets

As the name suggests, custom cabinets provide a blank canvas to get whatever size, color, and finish you desire. Most custom cabinets are built to order on a case-by-case basis.

  • Pros:  Clients can get the details and features that they want to make personal design statements in their home and outfit their new kitchen to exacting requirements.
  • Cons:  Custom cabinets are labor-intensive because they are built one at a time and can take a few weeks or even a couple of months to build. They also generally cost more than semi-custom and stock cabinets

Still confused? Not a problem! To contact someone on our design team please click here to schedule an appointment online or give us a call or stop by one of our showrooms.

We have Four Colorado Locations to Serve You

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Denver
2324 S. Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 300-4400
Showrooms Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am-3:00 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Castle Rock
1375 Caprice Drive
Castle Rock, CO 80109
(303) 688-8279
Showrooms Hours: Monday by Appointment Only, Tues-Fri 9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am-1:00 pm *Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Colorado Springs
4557 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 596-9990
Showroom Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Arvada
Arvada Market Place
7390 W 52nd Ave, Suite A
Arvada, CO 80002
(720) 674-6880
Showroom Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

Call any of our locations or click here to have one of our designers contact you or to schedule a showroom consultation.

Be sure to check out the current specials we are offering for new clients and ask your designer about any floor model appliance specials at your appointment.